Rare footage of hero pilot Douglas Bader centre of new exhibitionBy Jon Nurse
March 22, 2013
Rare video footage of fighter ace Sir Douglas Bader is at the centre of a new exhibition.
The war hero, who lost his legs after a crash at Woodley airfield in 1931, features in the display, which includes artefacts and rare video footage.
The exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford has taken almost 20 years to develop and includes scenes from a 1930s home film which shows Sir Douglas alongside RAF friends having fun off duty.
Jean Fostekew, archivist at Woodley’s Museum of Berkshire Aviation, said: “He was an icon and an inspiration to everyone.
“In the Second World War morale was as important as armaments. Before the Americans came in we had practically nothing.
“Two people inspired the nation more than any other: Winston Churchill and Douglas Bader. He was pivotal in us not just surviving, but winning the war.”
Sir Douglas’ second wife Lady Joan is a patron of the museum in Mohawk Way, Woodley.
The exhibition explores Duxford’s time as an RAF airfield from 1918 to 1961 and opens on Thursday, March 28.
For more information visit www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford.